© Marcel Burkhardt
The Swiss population of red kites, a large raptor species, has been increasing over the last 30 years, and its distribution range in Switzerland has considerably expanded. In the same period, populations in surrounding countries have remained stable or have even declined. Red kites are opportunistic scavengers focussing their foraging on unpredictable food sources occurring simultaneously with agricultural management events, such as voles and earthworms surfacing during manuring. Therefore, red kites select for heterogeneous landscapes with high agricultural dynamics. To reliably quantify agricultural dynamics on a high temporal and spatial resolution over a large geographical range is necessary to understand movement trajectories of red kites. This thesis aims at combining open-access satellite imagery of different spatial and temporal scales to develop a landscape model identifying agricultural events.
Interests in remote sensing and spatial ecology, preferably some knowledge about handling of geographical data and data analysis in R, driving license, enjoying field work and to work in a research team. This master project should be started not later than February 2018.
Dr. Martin Grüebler
Tel: ++41 41 462 97 22